MPA unites Manchester mayoral candidates for the 'Big Debate'


On April the 12th the three main candidates in the running to be elected as the inaugural Mayor for Greater Manchester - will come together for the MPA’s ‘Big Debate’ (sponsored by Bruntwood).

Labour’s Andy Burnham and Trafford councillors Conservative Sean Anstee and Jane Brophy of the Liberal Democrats are already in the throes of their election campaigns and the MPA ‘Big Debate’ will put the spotlight on the potential impact the new political structure will have on the 300,000 or more people employed in the Greater Manchester’s Creative, Media and Digital community - the second largest community outside of London.

Chaired by Christian James MD of the if agency, the candidates’ will come together at the newly created Neo building and will be challenged by a panel of some of Manchester’s finest business leaders for an hour long event aimed at MPA members and professionals working within Manchester’s burgeoning creative scene.

Cindy Simmons’s MD for the MPA said: “The MPA is at the heart of the digital, media and creative industry and represents over 2000 businesses and professionals working in this sector in Manchester. We are delighted to partner with Bruntwood and create a platform for the Mayoral candidates to share their vision for nurturing and strengthening a community that is such an economic driving force for our region. Tickets are limited so we do encourage people to obtain them ASAP, so as not to be disappointed.”

Christian James from the if agency, chair and organiser of the event said: “The Big Debate is a vital event for anyone working in Manchester’s creative, media or digital sector. We’ve got three outstanding candidates battling for the biggest job in Greater Manchester and the stakes couldn’t be higher. There is around £900 million on the table and the new Mayor will, in theory, be wielding phenomenal power and influence. Are they going to slam a foot to the growth accelerator and help our sector realise its undoubted potential…..or is our GM Metro Mayor going to be so wrapped up in Whitehall tape and distracted by such a broad remit that we’re going to see a tailing off of support and funding over the next few years? It’s going to be a BIG debate!”

Chris Oglesby, CEO of Bruntwood said: “When the MPA approached us about working in partnership on their Big Debate series we were instantly interested as the creative, media and digital community has become an important part of our customer base and is having an increasing influence on the Greater Manchester region.”

Demand for tickets for tickets is expected to be high and MPA members will be given priority, with a waiting list for non-members.
To reserve a FREE ticket email

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